48 pages, 9.51 × 9.5 × 0.5 in
April 3, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423113349
ISBN - 13: 9781423113348
About the Book
Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book, until Mac realizes both of their talents are needed and they must work together or their story about Chloe will never be finished. Full color.
From the Publisher
Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from-"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?).
Mac's power of the pen is at odds with Adam's brush, and Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story?
Mac Barnett and Adam Rex are a dynamic duo, and two of the strongest contemporary voices in picture books today. In an accessible and funny way, Chloe and the Lion talks about the creative process and the joys and trials of collaboration.
About the Author
Mac Barnett (www.macbarnett.com) is the author of two books with Disney Hyperion: Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem and Oh No!(Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), and the forthcoming Mustache!, Oh No! Not Again!, and How This Book Was Made. He is on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, and a founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers (seriously). Mac lives in California.
Adam Rex (www.adamrex.com) is The New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich. His other books include Pssst!, The True Meaning of Smekday, The Dirty Cowboy (written by Amy Timberlake) and the Lucy Rose series (written by Katy Kelly). He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
This meta-picture book offers plenty of sly giggles (and knows it). On first read, the droll surprises in Barnett and Rex's project are endearing. "This is me, Mac. I'm the author of this book," explains a waving man, who next introduces "Adam . the illustrator" and "Chloe . the main character." Conservatively dressed Mac (collared shirt and tie under sweater) and hipster Adam (thick-rimmed glasses, big-cuffed, darkwash jeans) resemble stringless Plasticine marionettes. Chloe is more cartoony, with wide-leg pants, indigo pigtails and huge purple eyes under enormous glasses. Initially, Chloe's plot is mild-a walk, a merry-go-round. But Adam draws a dragon where Mac's text specifies a lion, and, after a power struggle, Mac fires Adam. Mac hires a substitute, then makes the (badly-drawn-because-not-drawn-by-Adam) lion swallow Adam. Without Adam, things go badly. Mac needs Chloe's help. As cool as Chloe is, her arc's mostly a vehicle for the Mac/Adam conflict and for excellent inter-media interactions such as a flatly drawn lion swallowing a 3-D looking figure. Nobody explains why Chloe's plot occurs on a theater stage, nor how new characters appear during a phase when-supposedly-nobody's illustrating. One terrific scene echoes the old Looney Tunes cartoon about a cartoonist briskly altering Daffy Duck's costumes and scenery, to Daffy's great consternation. Clever and funny, though it's possible that only a niche audience will want repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)-Kirkus